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4 signs of Spiritual Maturity
you spiritually mature? And what exactly is spiritual maturity?
start by defining: Spiritual maturity is achieved by becoming more like Jesus. It is a process that begins when a person accepts Jesus as their personal Lord and savior. Simply put, it is being mature spiritually, not a physical growth, but a spiritual growth that reflects in your attitude, behavior and character.
Christian faith is likened to that of a child. He that has the Son of God has
life. If you are born you must grow. So also, if you are born again you have
the potentiality to grow in the Christian faith.
Spiritual Maturity by the number of years you’ve spent in the church? Or by
maturity has nothing to do with the number of years you have been born again or
by your physical age. You can be advanced in age but still be spiritually young
or a baby in Christ.
How do I know I’m growing in my Christian
are five signs that show a person is spiritually mature;
In the Christian experience, no one is fully grown. It is until you meet with
the master face to face.
1. Mature Christians make every effort to build on their faith: He/she is not complacent.
There is a zeal, a hunger, a thirst. He/she wants to grow. He is never satisfied
with what he has achieved. Growing here means be intimate with God. It is a
hunger for intimacy with God.
Psalm 42:1 : As
the dear pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, O God. (NIV)
prayer session he does not boast. A lot of times we take God’s grace for
granted and misbehave in his presence. A mature Christian is truthful to God.
There is humility.
kind of relationship do you have with God?
2 Peter 1: 5-9 : To your faith add virtue (character); and to your virtue,
knowledge (How much of the bible do you know?); add to your knowledge
temperance, (self-control); and to temperance, patience (perseverance); and to
patience, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness (how do you address
and relate to people?); and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess
these qualities in increasing measures, they will keep you from being
ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of Christ. But if anyone does
not have them, he is near-sighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been
cleansed from his past sins.
2. Mature Christians are slow to hold on to grudges and quick to
is because there is something in them that condemn their conscience to hold
grudges against others. The mature Christian learns to consciously forgive
others to release the burden and break free from the chains of not forgiving.
are punishing yourself holding a grudge
3. Mature Christians stop pointing out everyone else’s sins and
start confessing their own: Stop being a spiritual police to others and look
inward (at yourself).
change you want in others should actually begin with you!
Matthew 7:1-5 : “Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way
you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be
measured to you. “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye
and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your
brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a
plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye,
and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.
4. Mature Christians watch their words and they know when not to
lot of times we lose control and say relevant and irrelevant words. It is not
every discussion that you contribute to. If you say all that is in your heart,
you will talk anyhow.
do you talk?
Ephesians 4:29 : Do not let unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only
what is helping for building others up according to their needs, that it may
benefit all those who listen.
mindful how you crack jokes
This is not to say that there are only four signs that mark spiritual maturity,
there are probably others. These only the ones I’m aware of.
We were about to leave. Everyone had participated in their activity except me but it looked like I was going to miss mine. Worst of all I wouldn't be there till the end of the of the program. It was an exciting and insightful experience and boy was I glad my mum had forced me to wake up and go to church so I could attend the Teens Fellowship which my church had been invited to.
My heart was beating real fast as shyness did a long dance in my mind. I so badly wanted to meet him. I knew this was a chance of a lifetime, not one to simply close my eyes and pretend would come back again and maybe if I missed it again it'll still come back like a simple pendulum of opportunities, oscillating in my favour. Taking a deep breath I tapped his shoulders, knelt down to the level of the chair and introduced myself, "Good evening sir, my name is Emmanuella..."
Then he put his arms around me and suddenly I felt calm. Yes, I was legit talking to Mr Zion Oshiobugie, The Academ…
The Parable of the Talents is one that currently has me feeling guilty. Why? I'm mighty good at being passive, at having logical and acceptable excuses for not doing a task. And I've been able to fight my 'silly' conscience pretty well that I now I fear for my lack of guilty feeling. (I'm a weirdo. Yes I know!)
If there's one thing I admire my mum for it's how she gets things done. How she sees something wrong, and suddenly BOOM! a strong ambition is born and she's fights with all her heart to fix it. I on the other hand am a different variety of her genes. I think 🤔. While I am aware of problems and can write up a beautiful solution to it or ponder deeply about the problem, doing something about it means I've given myself a hell of pep talk (by that I mean my mum or someone else has) or it's a do or die affair (according to the convincer). This is not to say I'm some bottled up person who stays mute. Nope! I can do stuff ...fix stu…
I failed not because i want to.
I failed not because the society was bad.
I failed not because the economy was crumbling.
I failed not because my parent had no money. I FAILED BECAUSE I HAD TO!
Failure being one of the most used adjective is usually used to describe under performance and inability to meet up as expected to a particular task, but we ourselves fail to realize that failure is not just a disappointment but a CHANCE.
We all have different definition to describe failure but i define it as a SECOND CHANCE
A second chance to rise.
A second chance to think.
A second chance to realize.
A second chance to WIN.
I failed not because i want to, but i failed just because i had to go back to identify with me mistake and make an advantage over it.
We all have and are still having our own fair share of failure in some areas, we all have and are also suffering from the discrimination attached to it but we miss out on a simple and clear fact that. FAILURES ARE NOT THOSE THAT FAILS AND …